Join Us for 'One Heart, Four Paws' 2017!

The 2017 "One Heart,Four Paws" event will take place from 1 to 3 p.m., Sun., February 12 at the Blank Park Zoo, 7401 S.W. 9th Street, Des Moines, Iowa. The event will includepuppy-paintings a silent auction, a book corner, a tricks performance, and more. "We work hard with our handlers, partners, volunteers, and animals to improve lives in our community, but every so often, it's good to have a party," says Paws & Effect Executive Director Nichole Shumate. "'One Heart, Four Paws' is our celebration of the human-animal bond, which, appropriately enough, takes place annually around Valentine's Day!"

Established in 2006 and based in Des Moines, Paws & Effect is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that raises, trains, and places service dogs with military veterans and children diagnosed with medical needs. The group also registers therapy animals through Pet Partners. Its Beaverdale neighborhood storefront also serves as , as well as home base to Troop 232 of the Dog Scouts of America.

Persons wishing to attend "One Heart, Four Paws" event can R.S.V.P. via e-mail nicoleshumate AT paws-effect DOT org. There is no charge for the event.